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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,668 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #178

Jan 152017


  • 140,000 miles


After I start the car, the vehicle will chime as the dic displays "power steering" (usually accompanied by "service ESC" and "svc tire monitor"). the electronic power steering will then completely give out making it very strenuous to use steering wheel to turn both in motion and stationary. This problem requires the car to be restarted multiple times in order for power steering to run and work smoothly again. Power steering occasionally gives out during many trips (regardless of speed and distance), while successfully completing very few trips uninterrupted. I drive a 2010 Chevy Malibu with 140K miles on it - this has been pretty much my only problem thus far, but has now occurred everyday for about 4-5 days in a row.

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #177

Jan 072017


  • 90,000 miles
Ecslight come on and then you lose power steering and get a error saying power steering if you turn car off and make on it again light goes off and the power steering comes back car was on highway this as happened multiple time in the last two sats

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #176

Dec 092016


  • 180,000 miles
On Dec 9 2016 I was driving on hwy 169 in mn and my 2010 Malibu displayed servise ESC than flashed power sterring then ESC off then I lost power steering and it has not regained even after all the restarts been couple weeks now still there searched the internet seems iam not the only one car has 180000 miles but serviced regulary so yes I think this should be a recall. Steering is pretty important when driving. Any info pertaining to to the Malibu steering

- Brook Park, MN, USA

problem #175

Dec 192016


  • 93,000 miles


While driving the vehicle my power steering stopped working at low speeds. This was as I was turning, so it caused quite a bit of panic. I thought this was a one-time issue, however 2 months later, I am driving to school and taking a turn when it happens again, once again this issue caused me to be in a unsafe situation, loss of power steering at low speeds. I am a female therefore cannot generate the effort needed to turn the wheel when the power steering goes out. I researched and found that the 2009 model year has a tsb on it, however my vehicle which has exactly the same symptoms does not.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #174

Dec 012016


  • 159,000 miles
The vehicle's electric power steer failed with no warning while my daughter was driving along a normal Suburban road. This created a dangerously unsafe driving condition as she could barely turn the steering wheel. Fortunately there was no tragedy that resulted, but the car is not safe to drive and we towed it to our home then to a GM store. This is a safety issue that should be recalled as it is well known problem within GM and public forums across. I was informed that GM has created a special policy #15356 to address this issue when I was at the GM store, extending the warranty, they said it was only to 150K miles & our vehicle has 159K miles so we weren't covered. I asked if there was any maintenance that we could have done to prevent this, there wasn't any procedure. Further research has shown that there is no set mileage that this can occur due to the fact that is a faulty design & not normal wear and tear ! this really needs to be a recall due to the safety ramifications when the failure occurs and the steering becomes very difficult to operate creating a dangerous situation and is sure to the cause of accidents/ injury/etc.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #173

Dec 012016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering malfunctioned on the highway. The check power steering warning indicator illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Forrest Park, IL, USA

problem #172

Nov 182016


  • 48,000 miles


While driving about 30 mph on city street, chime rang and power steering cut out. Car was still steerable without power assist, but became much more difficult at low speeds. Sudden manuver at slower speed would be nearly impossible. Power steering came back on next time I started the car, but cut out again after a short time. I am aware that there are recalls for the exact same problem with the previous four model years of the same series of Chevrolet Malibu. The milage on the car is about 48,000. Clearly, the 2010 Malibu needs to be recalled as well.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #171

Nov 012015


  • 17,800 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The failure mileage was 17,800.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #170

Nov 222016


  • 98,800 miles
While driving approx 35 mph, lost power steering. Power steering warning message appeared, car very hard to maneuver. Turned engine off and back on, power steering returned. Power steering continues to shut off randomly at various speeds without warning. Approx 98,800 miles.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #169

Oct 252016


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 70 mph, the steering column failed. The contact heard a loud noise coming from the steering wheel and a service warning indicator illuminated. However, the contact was unable to identify the nature of the service indicator illumination. After the vehicle was turned off and restarted, it operated normally except the service indicator was still illuminated. The failure occurred several times. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Wharton, TX, USA

problem #168

Oct 072016


  • 183,000 miles


I was notified by my oldest daughter that the steering wheel in her car would not turn and that she was stuck in the middle of the street, she was in motion at the time of the incident, she and several other people were able to push the car to the side of the road. I instructed her to turn the car off and that I would have it towed to the service station that it was purchased from. What she explained to me is exactly what is being described in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 dated March 31, 2014.

- Oakdale, CT, USA

problem #167

Sep 282016


  • 162,409 miles
I was on my way to work and I had to stop to get gas. Everything was fine. I pulled away form the pump and proceeded to the end of the driveway. When I left the parking lot to pull into traffic, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. I was driving less than 5 mph. The traction control light was on, ESC message, and service power steering system were activated. I drove back home and went to work in my other vehicle. 162,409 miles. I purchased the car brand new in February 2010. All oil changes and tire rotations have been completed at a Chevy dealership. I've only purchased tires, two batteries, and windshield wipers for my car until last week. That was the engine coolant sensor. Until now I always bragged and said that my Malibu was the best car ever because I never had any issues with it.

- Charleston, MS, USA

problem #166

Aug 232015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was loose and the radio turned off and on independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #165

Aug 112016


  • 69,000 miles
Car had been parked for apx 2hrs. Got into car and what appeared to be water dripped from under the dash onto the floor just under the emergency break peddle. It had rained within the last hour. Thought of it as odd but not a real issue. Within one minute of driving the steering wheel shuttered. Steering light on dash eliminated. Steering became difficult. Light went out. Parked car. Restarted car and let idle S few minutes. Steering light went on again. Searched online. Looked under dash. Clear fluid on emergency break peddle. A few drops of moister in same area. Parked car.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #164

Dec 242015


  • 90,000 miles
Car lost control of power steering same time as driver side back brake light went out steering wheel shakes bad when slowing down from

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #163

Jun 072013


  • 92,958 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the traction control and the service ESC warning indicators had illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission, the power steering control module, and the electronic control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering ) however the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,958.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #162

Jun 012013


  • 22,797 miles
Car was purchased 12/2009. June of 2013 car was brought to Chevrolet due to a rumble in steering while turning at low speeds. Steering gear was replaced. October 2014 car was returned again to Chevrolet with same problem. Power steering pump was replaced. June 2015 car was returned again with same problem. Steering gear, pump, and all hoses were replaced. Again 6 months later the rumble has returned. GM has stated they will no longer spend money fixing the car even though I have full warranty.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #161

May 122016


  • miles
The contact owned a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering seized and the vehicle crashed into a jersey barrier. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The air bags did not deploy and there were no injuries. A police report was filed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The failure mileage was unknown.....updated 07/05/16

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #160

Oct 012015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from senator brown on behalf of constituent re 2010 Chevy Malibu. The consumer received a recall letter regarding the power steering. When she took the vehicle to the dealer, she was informed they could diagnose the issue using their electronic equipment. On November 1, 2015, the power steering went out again as she was driving. The consumer went to another repair facility and had the problem diagnosed. However, the repair facility was not a GM dealership.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #159

Apr 152016


  • 45,000 miles
Right now I have the service ESC and service traction light on again for the 3rd time. I took each time to Chevy classic in grapevine tx and they told me no codes the 1st time, took it to clay cooley in irving--light came on then no codes they showed. Today 4-15=16 light came on again and I took it to classic Chevy and they found 3 codes this time. They say I will have to pay for this! I should not since there was an open recall on 5/14/2014 for 2010 Malibu. My car is doing this now !@!!@ it needs to be fixed at no charge to me!! I feel like this is the most dangerous car on the road for me and my daughter. I don't want to be a statistic if we have a car crash and it was all because Chevy kept making excuses to not fix my crap car for me. The other recall was the brake system not illuminating I got that letter a little too late. Someone rear ended me in Oct 2012 while I was stopped at a red light. Maybe those stupid back brake lights were not working then!!!!!! soemone at classic or clay cooolye Chevy needs to fix this ESC light on my car and fix all the recalls for free. I also have a eps recall letter that was sent to me but someone at Chevy told me the light has to come on for them to fix it. This is ridiculous. My car needs to be fixed for all these problems it has no matter if the light is on or not. But the light is on for service ESC and traction right now!@ GM or Chevy needs to pay for it and fix this car.

- Keller, TX, USA

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